Tell us about yourself.
My name is Melanie. I'm a web designer from Brooklyn. I love to try out new restaurants and bars (there's an inexhaustible supply in this city), go to museums, galleries and shows (always good people-watching), and of course, shop... though I've been trying to cut down on that since I have no closets in my apartment! Also, I really am a twin. Yes, identical... and yes, we've fooled people recently. But not intentionally!
What are your personal aspirations?
I would love to travel more, and maybe even live abroad for a while. I fell in love with Lisbon when I visited last year, and I've always wanted to learn (Brazilian) Portuguese... someday hopefully!
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore is a great creative outlet and stress-reliever. It's really helped me develop and refine my own style, and introduced me to a lot of different styles I normally wouldn't appreciate (ie. couture as streetwear. It IS possible!). There are some real artists and thinkers in the Polyvore community!
Describe your personal sense of style.
I tend towards boyish, unfussy looks in dark jewel tones and warm neutrals, but try to inject a pop of bright color, pattern, or bling for a feminine and/or modern touch. Living with limited closet space - and growing older - has given me a better appreciation for the fit and quality of my clothes, and I've become much more picky about what I buy. (Though I'm still guilty of impulse shopping... sample sales are my frenemy.) I like to mix-and-match trends to create a classic look - skinny pants, animal print, menswear (I especially love oxfords), colorblocking, 70s-inspired silky blouses, and flared jeans, etc.
I would wear this everyday if I could:
What are some of your favorite brands?
If I could afford them: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey, Acne, A Détacher, Céline, Chloé... I don't follow brands too closely, but those are the ones I find myself attracted to again and again, sometimes without realizing it. Where I actually shop: J.Crew, Uniqlo, Zara, and sample sales!
Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?
I think the recent changes are great... but organizing and tagging items seems a bit inefficient. I'd like a way to delete or edit tags.